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HR44 Wait?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by omartinjordan, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Apr 3, 2013 #1 of 23
    omartinjordan

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    I was offered a free upgrade to the genie for a new 2 year contract. How long is it going to be for the average joe to get the newest one? I would hate to upgrade now and then in 3 months could have gotten the HR44.
     
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    Bill Broderick

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    Nobody knows how long it will be before the HR44's are widely available. If everything goes well in the test markets it could be a very short time. If not, it could be months. Also, I would think that they will probably start rolling out slowly across the country while attempting to deplete inventory of HR34's. So, it's would be possible that HR44's are the standard Genie in New Jersey, while HR34's are still being installed in Kentucky.

    I think that, realistically, we're either going to find out from people who have Genie's installed which units are being installed in what areas or we will need to check with installers when we see them doing installs for others.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2013 #4 of 23
    omartinjordan

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    What are the main differences between the two? I noticed one had a different remote but I use a Harmony remote for all my devices.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2013 #5 of 23
    smiddy

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    Hi,

    My personal take is you will want to wait to get a HR44 versus the HR34. There is really no comparison. The new remote doesn't impact the use of the Harmony usage, that is how I have mine setup (I have a media closet with a Harmony 890, with several STBs in that closet set to the differings IR codes). The caveat is the RC71 remote does seem to make the HR44 faster, I think I wrote something to the effect that it seems like the HR44 anticipates your remote input with the RC71, very speedy, in the First Look.

    I hate waiting though...so I understand your want to get it now. :)

    Smiddy
     
  6. Apr 4, 2013 #6 of 23
    carl6

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    The HR34 is physically much larger than the HR44. The HR44 has an external power adapter while the HR34 just has a power cord (power supply built in). The HR44 comes with the newer remote, but works with the old remote in IR mode. For RF, you must use the new remote. Both have 5 tuners, can serve clients, function in the whole-home environment, and otherwise from a functional perspective are the same.

    Having used both, if I'm not looking at the unit itself, it's pretty transparent to me. However, short of ordering from Solid Signal, I'm not sure there is a way to guarantee you will get an HR44.
     
  7. Apr 4, 2013 #7 of 23
    Alebob911

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    I have the same opinion as Smiddy and Carl6. If you can wait then I would wait. I like the smaller size with the HR44 and the external power supply. If I have a failure with the power supply, I get a new one sent and don't loose my recordings or series links which is a plus.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2013 #8 of 23
    KoRn

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    I would go for it now. You can be waiting for who knows how long. Plus you will have to deal with bugs and issues. Always like that when a new box comes out. Heck it took Directv over a year to get the HR34 where its at now. Which is pretty solid atm.
     
  9. Apr 4, 2013 #9 of 23
    smitbret

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    HR44 also has the CCK-W built-in. If you hate having that extra box in your system.......
     
  10. gov

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    LOL, how long till the HR34 is on the non-recover list??


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  11. Sixto

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    I'd wait, especially since it's about to go mainstream. The HR44 is better in several ways (speed, size, reliability, ...) and runs the same firmware as the HR34. Other then the firmware enhancements for the new RF remote (IR is the same) and the wireless internet option, stability should be the same or better then the HR34. It's just v2 hardware for the Genie platform and it's better in every way other then some people like the old remote better (personally I prefer the RC71).

    P.S. Someone posted the Broadcom specs recently and it seemed like the HR44 processor was 5-6x the performance of the previous generation.
     
  12. Old_School

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    Personally, as long as it gives me a picture and records what i set it to i could care less if its a Hr 34,44,84, or 164.... :lol:
     
  13. goinsleeper

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    I believe the HR44 also has a newer chip that is supposed to give it a 50% speed boost. Emphasis on "supposed to".
     
  14. acostapimps

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    If its anything like the HR24-200 then I would definitely upgrade minus the bugs of course.
     
  15. Sixto

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    Have not noticed any unique issues with the HR44. Same firmware as the HR34.
     
  16. acostapimps

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    I'm finding all the excuse to upgrade my HR22 to the HR44, but the only thing holding me back it's 2tb full of recordings which I don't want to lose, plus who knows if I'll ever get a 44 or a 34 which I don't want. And price and availability to my market, but if they give me a reasonable discount then I'll go for it. Good news is I still have a owned inactive HR24 which I purchased not so long ago with no access card yet, who knows maybe ill sell it to offset the purchase of the HR44 on solidsignal when it becomes available.
     
  17. Grydlok

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    it begins again
     
  18. acostapimps

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    What does that mean?
     
  19. acostapimps

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    If only Directv have EHD transfer on same account like Dish, upgrading and replacement would be so much easier and convenient for me, That's the only thing holding me back. Well replacement for failure I understand as its unfortunate.
     
  20. Grydlok

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    The countdown till the tech showed up with a HR34 and I wanted a HR44.

    Followed by the "Directv told me they noted it on the order"
    ending with the "Directv lied to me about my order"
     

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